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Old 29-09-2015, 08:43   #1
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PDF Maps app reading new GEOPDF maps

GEOPDF a new map format for nautical use

There seems to be a lot of activity lately between NOAA,Acrobat Reader and TerraGO with regards to their new,proprietary, mapping system GEOPDF working on layers,with many other, POI like facilities.

I understand from TerraGo that NOAA will shortly open up their map directory in this format which will exist in either a flat map format,or with all the required geo references included. Many editing facilities are available.

TerraGO provides their services mainly as plugins to existing Windows software and they have a gratis GEOPDF viewer for Adobe Acrobat Reader.

As of today,there are few GEOPDF nautical maps available until NOAA opens their gratis listing of the USA.

They all sound very exited about the new format as a new era in mapping systems.

I have only found ONE Android app which are able to accept the new GeoPDF formatted marine charts,and it´s a little misleadingly called "PDF Charts" Actually,the chart is converted internally to it´s own format. Not sure yet what happens to the layers.

See attached screen dump. I have as yet not discovered any Windows based nav. progs. able to use the GeoPDF charts but Paul´s converter GE2KAP will easily convert it to the widely used .KAP format.
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